Summary: The church needs a vision from God
Intro: illustration “when the cheering stopped”
I. Jesus fulfills scripture (vs.29-35a)
- Illustration of knowing God and his word
- This is the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9
- The Bible is first and foremost to be believed.
- There is a vast difference, however, in knowing the word of God and knowing the God of the word.
- Dan 11:32b...but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
II. Jesus is Glorified (vs. 35b-38)
- Illustration of creation
- John 18:37 Jesus came to bear witness to the Truth
- When we cannot even come to church and talk about how great God is and give Him glory what does that mean?
- Are we inwardly focused
- Are we more concerned with what we can get out of church than we are the worship we should bring God?
- A church that is not worshiping God is a dead church
- What evidences are there that we are truly worshiping God?
III. Jesus is Rebuked (vs.39-40)
- Opposition from church leaders (stifling worship)
- What stifles worship in our churches?
- The needful praise cannot be stifled but must be expressed
- The rocks would cry out
- You would sooner hold back the tide with a pitchfork
- The praise of God is so important that nothing can hold it back
- Illustration of worship
- How are the lost going to know how great our God is if we struggle ourselves to express it appropriately?
IV. Jesus is Broken Hearted (vs.41-42)
A. Jesus wept over the state of the lost
- Psalm 126:6a Go out weeping – compassion for the lost
- “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”
- Church is in decline in America
- The church is sharing the gospel less than it ever has
B. Jesus wept over the lack of vision of the Kingdom He came to set up
- Pro 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish:”
- the Pharisees were blind to the true Kingdom of God
- People in today’s church are just as blind
- Vision provides the passion that will cause the rocks to cry out!
- But the people of God, as did the Pharisees, refuse the vision of God and the church suffers for it.
- “…if we were as poor in business matters as we are in soul, we would be begging for bread” Leonard Ravenhill
Conclusion: What is the vision we need to have as a church?
1. We need to have a vision of the cross of Christ and not be willing to be selfish with it.
2. We need to have a vision of a God filled eternity and not be willing to be selfish with it.
3. We need a vision of hell and all its occupants and to be like the rich man who asked Abraham to send someone to tell his family
4. And we need a vision of true worship of God that is filled with awe and wonder.
- “How shall I feel at the judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride?”~Dr. W.E. Sangster